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Journalism Pioneer Ann Liguori To Receive Winnie Palmer Award from MET Golf Writers Association

Renowned Sports Radio and TV talk show host Ann Liguori will be honored with the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s Winnie Palmer Award at their 70th National Awards Dinner on  June 21, 2022.  The dinner will be held in Rye, New York at Westchester Country Club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022. 

Previously announced award winners include Dottie Pepper (Gold Tee Award), Mike Davis (Paul Dillon Distinguished Service Award) and Mark Cannizzaro (Lincoln Werden Golf Journalism Award).

 A native of the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Brecksville, Liguori has been a  pioneer in the field of sports journalism for more than 25 years. She was the first woman to host a call-in sports radio show on WFAN-NY; , the first female host/producer of her own weekly, primetime show on The Golf Channel, “Conversations with Ann Liguori;” and is a published author, entrepreneur and noted philanthropist.

 ‘Talking Golf with Ann Liguori’ airs on WFAN-NY on Sundays, 7-8 AM, from April – September. Her weekly podcast is distributed on the Morning Read/Sports Illustrated Golf Media Platform.

 Liguori, who covered her 24th Masters this past April, has received dozens of awards for her work in radio and television. 

After losing her father to cancer while in college, followed by the loss of her brother to leukemia, Liguori created the Ann Liguori Foundation, which raises both funds and awareness for cancer research and care. The Foundation’s annual Charity Golf Classic, now in its 24th year, is played each year at a prestigious course on the East End of Long Island and raises money for organizations such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, camps, and programs for kids with cancer and numerous other cancer-related, not-for-profit organizations.

 She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Arts & Sciences of her alma mater, the University of South Florida, where she established an endowed scholarship in memory of her late brother, Jim.

The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s Winnie Palmer Award, named in honor of Arnold Palmer’s wife Winnie, who worked tirelessly on behalf of literacy programs and healthcare, recognizes an individual who has consistently given their time, energy, and enthusiasm to those less fortunate. Previous recipients of the award include Tom Watson, Nancy Lopez, Ernie Els and the Gary Player Foundation.

 The MGWA has celebrated the game of golf and promoted golf journalism since its inception in 1952. Each year, it honors the sport’s champions and contributors at its largest fundraiser, the National Awards Dinner. This highly anticipated event is supported by golf’s leading organizations and corporate supporters, Met Area clubs and club leaders, as well as local and national golf media.

 

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